4 Dynamite Wines for the 4th of July


• 2012 Yaso, Tempranillo, Spain $10

(WA 93 pt., The 2011 was one of my top under $12 picks last year, and the 2012 edition is just as good. Grab rack of baby back ribs, kick back and relax. Oh, and at this price, buy several bottles if not a case.)


• 2012, Bousquet, Reserve Malbec, Argentina $14

(W&S 92 pt., This may just be one of the better red wine values I’ve seen in recent weeks. I’m a longtime fan of Bousquet. This Malbec, made with organic grapes, is a super-drinkable red with tons of fruit and a touch of smokiness. As comfortable with a hunk of Parmesan cheese as it is alongside a ribeye steak.)

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• 2014 Racine & Terroirs, Riesling, France $12

(WE 90 pt., If you only know sweeter-style German Riesling, then you need to take a serious look at this Riesling from Alsace, France. It’s a totally different animal. While there’s a ever-so-slight touch of sweetness, that’s take a backseat to the wine’s fresh acidity and bright citrus flavors. This is a personal favorite with boiled shrimp; also terrific with a good ol’ chicken or tuna salad sandwich.)


• 2013, Burgans, Albariño, Spain $12

(Vinous 90 pt., If you’ve ever been to one of my tastings in the spring or summer, then you’ve probably heard me rave about Albariño—it’s one of my favorite, off-the-beaten path white wines. This lip-smacking, medium-bodied Spanish gem is perfect alongside everything from spicy Asian noodle salad to fish tacos.)


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